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Entries are now open for the second Doko Film Fest for high school aged filmmakers from South Carolina and beyond.

Students ages 14 to 18 can submit two-minute to 10-minute productions in short story, documentary, music video, comedy, animation or pocket studio categories. Pocket studio entries must be shot and edited entirely on a smartphone. Music videos must be no shorter than three minutes, and animation films should be one to three minutes long. Entries are free and can be submitted online now until Jan. 6, 2020.

However, those considering submitting are encouraged to register now.

Films selected as finalists will be screened before a live audience and professional judges during the festival March 13-14, 2020 at Westwood High School in Blythewood. Winners in each category and an overall winner will receive awards the final day of the event.

Last year’s inaugural film fest brought in more than 60 entries from across the United States and Canada. Luke Evans, a senior at South Florence High School, won the Best Film award for his short story film, “Local Hero.”

The Doko Film Fest was created in 2018 by Ray Smith in partnership with Bravo Blythewood, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of arts in the area. Smith is a veteran business educator and documentary filmmaker who has created and led executive education programs at the Darla Moore School of Business, Duke University and global financial firm Deutsche Bank. His film production company, Modos Media, created the documentary “Voices from Vietnam,” which aired on Public Broadcasting System stations nationwide and was screened at the Beaufort International Film Festival. Smith said his background in education, his experience in Beaufort and a stint as a judge for another student film competition prompted him to create Doko Film Fest.

For more information, submissions, photos and winning films from 2019, go to

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Blythewood, Education, Richland County

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